French Valley Girls Softball
Frequently Asked Questions
When was French Valley Girls Softball established?
French Valley Girls Softball Association (FVGSA) was established in the Spring of 2006. It was formed by citizens of French Valley to provide a softball league for the girls of the French Valley area of Murrieta, Temecula and unincorporated Riverside County. In 2010, the FVGSA Board established French Valley PONY Baseball (FVPB) to provide a baseball league for the boys of the French Valley. The parent organization of both organizations is now called French Valley Baseball Softball Association (FVBSA). While FVBSA is the governing organization for both French Valley Pony Baseball and French Valley Girls Softball, in certain instances, the league is still doing business as FVGSA.
Why are the FVPBA and FVGSA leagues managed by one board?
French Valley Pony Baseball and French Valley Girls Softball are two separate and distinct leagues. They have separate Vice Presidents, Player Agents, schedules, separate rules and are governed by two different governing bodies (PONY Baseball and ASA Softball). However, both leverage key FVBSA Board Members to support common management and administrative tasks such as Treasury, field coordination, and equipment management, to name just a few. In addition, the larger membership base of one combined league allows for increased economies of scale resulting in better discounts when purchasing league items such as uniforms.
Why play French Girls Softball?
While our neighboring ASA softball organizations offer great programs and have long supported French Valley, FVGSA allows the youth of French Valley to play competitive softball locally on the beautiful Valley Wide Recreation and Parks Districts fields. There is no longer the need to drive 10 to 15 miles across town during afternoon rush hour to make it to a game or practice. We offer a competitive local alternative. Additionally, for those of you with sons that play baseball, our affiliation with our brother league, French Valley PONY Baseball, allows all of your children to play and practice in close proximity to each other on the same French Valley fields. It also allows you to take advantage of sibling discounts between both leagues (i.e., brothers and sisters who play in either FVPB or FVGS receive a $10 sibling discount for each additional sibling playing).
What are the boundaries?
While are boys PONY league does have defined boundaries, there are no boundaries for French Valley Girls Softball. Participation is open to any girl ages 4 to 16 that has a desire to play competitive fastpitch softball.
How much does it cost?
FVBSA charges the same prices for all baseball and softball divisions (except 6U which is typical $25 to $30 less because that division does not utilize umpires). FVBSA strives to offer affordable regular registration rates. In fact, we have historically had some of the lowest rates in the Valley! Our Spring 2012 regular registration rate (for all divisions except 6U) is $125. However, prospective players can pay as low as $95 if they take advantage of our early registration value priced discounts.
Where does FV Girls Softball practice and play games?
We play our games on the beautiful fields of French Valley. All French Valley fields are managed by the Valley Wide Recreation and Parks District. Valley Wide is a proud supporter of both FVPB and FVGS and offers us discounted pricing for the use of their fields. The main fields utilized by both leagues are the new Spencer's Crossing's Park field #1 and #2 (our home field). Abelia Park field #1 and #2, Brookfield and Crown Valley. However, as demand dictates, we may flex on to other local French Valley fields. All practices are scheduled on local French Valley fields. Additionally, because three of our fields are lighted, the league can be flexible for those parents that would like to coach but need a later practice time to make it back into town.
Does FV Girls Softball inter-league with other local leagues?
Sometimes as needed, but it is not our preference. During our off season (Fall) and for some of our older divisions in Spring (i.e., 16U), some inter-league some games could be played with neighboring leagues (Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee etc.) to facilitate a more competitive schedule. If inter-league games are necessary, teams typically play half of their games on French Valley fields and the other half on the inter-league partner’s fields. All practices are held on our French Valley fields. While it is the desire of the league to play all games locally; inter-league play may also be utilized for divisions that have an odd number of teams so as to avoid bye weeks (i.e., no play).
Is FV Girls Softball competitive enough for my child?
Yes! FV Girls Softball has offered competitive fast pitch softball for the past eight years. While our focus during the rec ball season is teaching the girls how to play the game in a competitive environment; we take great pride in the high level of play that comes out of our small community! FV Girls Softball consistently produces All Star teams that have competed successfully at the So Cal USA "C" Eastern District and "C" State Championships. Additionally, FV Girls Softball teams have won several championships at many local Southern California All Star tournaments (many against larger "B" level leagues).
If you have any further questions regarding our league, please visit the contact us page or send an email to: info @fvgsa.org.
Thank you for considering French Valley Girls Softball!
The FVBSA Board
FVGS FAQs Last Revised: 2.21.13